Venue

The Conference will take place at Serra do Pilar Quarters,

Porto, Portugal, on 6 and 7 July 2020.

Serra do Pilar Quarters

Because of its geographical position the monastery reveals itself along history as a strategic building, decisive in the defence of the territory. It is in its premises that in 1809 Duke Wellington’s troops held barracks to prepare the defeat and expulsion of French invading troops.
The defensive vocation of the space and the buildings morphology allowed the maintaining and reinforcing of the new program of the monastery to the present day.

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Porto

Located along the Douro River estuary in northern Portugal, Porto is one of the oldest European centres, and its historical core was proclaimed a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1996. The western part of its urban area extends to the coastline of the Atlantic Ocean. Its settlement dates back many centuries, when it was an outpost of the Roman Empire. Its combined Celtic-Latin name, Portus Cale, has been referred to as the origin of the name Portugal, based on transliteration and oral evolution from Latin. In Portuguese, the name of the city includes a definite article: o Porto (“the port”) which is where its former English name “Oporto” comes from.

Transportation

Francisco Sá Carneiro Airport or simply Porto Airport is well known as a destination for millions of people doing business, tourism, or both. Served by the main international airlines and just 3 hours away from the main European capitals, Porto Airport is just a mere 12,5 km from the city centre.

If you're planning to go by car, you can see the best routes here.

Another option that you should consider is taking the metro at the airport station and go all the way to Trindade station, following the line E. From there you should switch to line D to General Torres. Check the full path here.


São Bento Railway Station is the main terminus of Porto's suburban railways lines and western terminus for the scenic Douro line between Porto and Pocinho. The station also serves the Viana do Castelo, Braga, Guimarães and Aveiro lines. If you are coming from Lisbon, you should really consider the extra trip from Campanha Station to São Bento, just to add a unique artistically and architectural experience to your arrival.

From the São Bento station you have 3 options to arrive at the Mosteiro da Serra do Pilar:
- Taking the metro line D to General Torres and have a short walk to the venue;
- Walking over the Dom Luís I Bridge and see one of the most beautiful view of Douro River, on a 26min walk;
- Go to the venue by taxi or Uber;

- Coming from the north of Portugal, the best options to enter Vila Nova de Gaia are A3+A20+A44 and A28+A1+A44.

- Coming from the south of Portugal, the best option to enter Vila Nova de Gaia is the A1+A44.

Accommodation

Special rates for participants:

MyStay Porto Batalha

Booking.com Rate: 8,7

Distance to AuxDefense 2020

0.8 km

Price

10% off the final price

Booking

Mention in the email that you are an AuxDefense participant: portobatalha@mystay.pt

Zero Box Lodge

Booking.com Rate: 9,2

Distance to AuxDefense 2020

1.1 km

Price

10% off BAR rate.

Booking

Mention in the email that you are an AuxDefense participant: porto@thezerohotels.com

MyStay Porto Bolhão

Booking.com Rate: 8,8

Distance to AuxDefense 2020

1.9 km

Price

10% off the final price

Booking

Mention in the email that you are an AuxDefense participant: portobolhao@mystay.pt

The Rex Hotel

★ ★

Distance to AuxDefense 2020

1.9 km

Price

5% off the final price

Booking

Use the promocode “Fibrenamics2020” at The Rex Hotel website

MyStay Porto Centro

Booking.com Rate: 9

Distance to AuxDefense 2020

2.3 km

Price

10% off the final price

Booking

Mention in the email that you are an AuxDefense participant: portocentro@mystay.pt

Other sugestions:

Hotel Distance to AuxDefense 2018 Star rating Price Booking
Caléway Hotel 0.4 km

★ ★ ★ ★

Rates from 119 €
without Breakfast
Please book here.
The Yeatman 0.6 km

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Rates from 377 €
Breakfast included
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Rubens Hotels Royal 0.7 km

★ ★ ★ ★

Rates from 121 €
without Breakfast
Please book here.
Hotel da Bolsa 0.8 km

★ ★ ★

Rates from 55 €
without Breakfast
Please book here.
Porto Royal Bridges 1 km

★ ★ ★ ★

Rates from 129 €
Breakfast included
Please book here.
ClipHotel 1.5 km

★ ★ ★

Rates from 69 €
without Breakfast
Please book here.
Holiday Inn Porto Gaia 1.7 km

★ ★ ★ ★

Rates from 93 €
without Breakfast
Please book here.